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tr.v. ab·re·act·ed, ab·re·act·ing, ab·re·acts
To release (repressed emotions) by acting out, as in words, behavior, or the imagination, the situation causing the conflict.

[Translation of German abreagieren : ab-, away + reagieren, to react.]

ab′re·ac′tion n.
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(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal the release and expression of emotional tension associated with repressed ideas by bringing those ideas into consciousness
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(ˌæb riˈæk ʃən)

the release of emotional tension achieved through recalling a repressed traumatic experience, esp. during psychoanalysis.
ab`re•act′, v.t. -act•ed, -act•ing.
ab`re•ac′tive, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abreaction - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensionsabreaction - (psychoanalysis) purging of emotional tensions
purging, purge - an act of removing by cleansing; ridding of sediment or other undesired elements
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
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[ˌæbrɪˈækʃən] N (Psych) → abreacción f
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n (Psych) → Abreaktion f
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Using age regression (abreaction) in hypnosis in the context of psychotherapy appear to provide direct access to amygdala-based implicit memories during which the content of implicit memories can be explored for the unconscious meaning and for the responses conditioned during traumatic events.
He refers to William Sargent's (1958) "Battle for the Mind", in which political and religious conversion is described as "abreaction", the creation of a psychic spasm that hard-wires the belief system.
It was pointed out by critiques of Levi-Strauss that the abreaction performed by the sorcerer for the silent patient does not respect the actual psychoanalytical method which normally implies a very pro-active attitude of the patient himself, while the analyst should restrict himself to carefully conduct the patient to this goal (Neu 1977: 120).
Later, in Pointsman's abreaction ward, the text illustrates the return of trauma for a patient ("you") who survived a V-2 hit on a movie theater that foreshadows the novel's ending.
By applying contemporary trauma theory, especially the methodologies for processing post-traumatic-stress-disorder and even more particularly the process of abreaction, to the conversion narratives contained in John Roger's Othel or Beth-shemesh (1653), McAreavey illustrates how "what is distinctive about the trauma literature produced by the Independent communities of the 1650s is that ultimately the 'whole' that is formed at the end of the abreaction process is not constituted by the self but by the godly community of which one becomes a member" (164).
Freud calls this phenomenon abreaction. Abreaction's therapeutic effect consists in the removal of the emotions connected to the traumatic event that has been repressed, and the consequent disappearance of the symptoms caused by its repression.
Nearly half of the volume is devoted to close readings of the poems, but chapters also discuss abreaction through artistic meditation, lived and literary existence, and in search of the prose poem.